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In case you're not familiar with First Automobile Works (FAW), as its name suggests, FAW was the first company in China to mass produce vehicles. Their Jiefang CA-10 medium truck began production in 1956. They have a bit of a history in electric and hybrid cars as well, building the Prius in China for Toyota through a joint venture and building the Miles range of NEV's, an electric version of the Daihatsu Move.

Down in the basement of Cobo Hall is where the Chinese automakers are grouped together. If you're going to be going to the show in the coming days, I recommend making your way downstairs to see the cut-in-half BYD F6-DM hybrid. I have never seen a more detailed (consumer-level) explanation of how a plug-in hybrid works on a display stand. Thanks to a series of lights and lots of descriptive panels, you can watch the "electricity" flow from an outlet into the car and then to the powertrain. You c

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